Centuries of Gifts
Americans have always known how to play. From the moment our country first began, we’ve been creating more and more toys to occupy ourselves. Some of the best toys were developed from 1900-2010 as we went from simple pleasures to embracing the digital age. Though we started with wooden trains and soft teddy bears, we began the millennium with talking Furby dolls and Tickle Me Elmos. Even the simplest toys became enhanced as the years wore on. Erector sets began as wooden building blocks, but today they’re sold as metal and plastic contraptions that you can add motors to and use to create intricate machines.
Most of us grow up a bit, and we stop wanting the same sorts of toys, but that same desire to indulge in a bit of play remains. The same level of high-tech ingenuity has prompted grown-up toys to change and evolve as well. Where there were once books and dinner parties, there are now high-tech home theater systems and flat screens.